Scottish Snippets

29 November 2014

Number 672

The Scottish Snippets Newsletter in its original format began in April 1997 and continued in an unbroken series for 591 issues. Although no longer produced in that style, there is now this regular update on the new and updated pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Scottish Pictorial Calendar 2015

On the Sunday after the newsletter announcing that the Rampant Scotland 2015 Scottish Pictorial Calendar was available for printing on your PC, the site's servers went down on Sunday and didn't come back until Tuesday. It wasn't that the servers were overloaded - "just" a power failure which fooled the backup generator and caused the system to crash! Support staff worked hard to repair the damage but recovery took a lot of effort. I'm glad to say that, since then, page views have been at a high level and the system has been going at full speed!

If you missed the calendar or want to go and see the pictures again, you can find the index at Rampant Scotland Pictorial Calendar 2015 - but not before you've read Tam's latest snippets of news from Scotland - see below!

Feedback From Readers - A Highlight of Tam's month!

Including eye-witness accounts from people who had seen the attack on The Forth Rail Bridge in October 1939 and remembering with great fondness "Oor Wullie" and "The Broons". See Feedback From Readers

Sturgeon Takes Over From Salmond

What is Nicola Sturgeon, the newly elected First Minister in the Scottish Parliament, like? See Tam's take on Scotland's First Lady: Sturgeon Takes Over From Salmond.

Rising From the Ashes

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece - some pearls from the ashes and hopes for the future for the Glasgow School of Art. See: Rising From the Ashes

School's Out for Gregory's Girl Setting

Abronhill High School in Cumbernauld was never designed by any architect in the same league as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but it did achieve global prominence when the film "Gregory's Girl" was shot at the school. Now it's being demolished. See: School's Out for Gregory's Girl Setting

Greyfriars Bobby's Nose Job

Tourists rubbing the nose of the statue of "Greyfriar's Bobby" for luck continue to cause damage. See: Greyfriars Bobby's Nose Job

Trumpberry and Trumpwick

Having taken over Turnberry Hotel and famous Golf Course in Ayrshire, Donald Trump forecasts lots of high flyers landing at Prestwick Airport. See: Trumpberry and Trumpwick

Booking in on global top-spot

The Atholl Palace, an hotel in Pitlochry, has been named as one of the most "jaw-dropping" places in the world to stay. See: Booking in on global top-spot

Archive of Papers of Muriel Spark, Chronicler of Miss Jean Brodie

The crème de la crème of the Muriel Spark archive is to return home. See: Archive of Papers of Muriel Spark, Chronicler of Miss Jean Brodie

Oor Wullie - the Collectible !

A first edition of the Oor Wullie annual from 1940 has been sold for £5,400 (over US$8,000) See: Oor Wullie - the Collectible !

Popping in to Tesco in a Poetic Way

A Sonnet to a Supermarket got a surprise reaction from the company chairman! See: Popping in to Tesco in a Poetic Way

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 20 December and will be the last for 2014.

Yours aye


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